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File #: Res 0034-2018    Version: * Name: Enhancing training for staff in residential mental health treatment unit programs inside correctional facilities.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Criminal Justice
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and the Governor to sign such legislation which would amend the New York State Correction Law by enhancing training for staff in residential mental health treatment unit programs inside correctional facilities.
Sponsors: Andrew Cohen, Helen K. Rosenthal, Peter A. Koo, Diana Ayala
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Attachments: 1. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda

Res. No. 34

 

Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and the Governor to sign such legislation which would amend the New York State Correction Law by enhancing training for staff in residential mental health treatment unit programs inside correctional facilities.

 

By Council Members Cohen, Rosenthal, Koo and Ayala

 

                     Whereas, According to the United States Department of Justice, nationwide state prison suicides rose from 192 in 2013 to 249 in 2014, which represents a thirty percent increase; and

                     Whereas, CBS News New York reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in jails nationally after illnesses; and

                     Whereas, the New York Daily News reported in 2016 that the City’s average jail suicide rate is approximately 17 per 100,000 inmates; and

                     Whereas, According to the 2017 Mayor’s Management Report, 42 percent of the 9,500 incarcerated individuals at Rikers Island were diagnosed with a mental illness during fiscal year 2017; and

                     Whereas, According to a 2013 article in The New York Times, mentally ill inmates stay in jail nearly twice as long as people without mental illness, an average of 112 days compared with 61 days; and

                     Whereas, It is critical to the well-being of inmates to ensure that those individuals who work in the correctional system are trained to recognize symptoms and indicators that may result in suicide, or other forms of self-harm or harm to others, and refer such inmates to appropriate treatment; and

                     Whereas, Amending the New York State Correction Law by increasing the training for staff in residential mental health treatment unit programs inside correctional facilities provides for a more robust approach to properly treat inmates with mental illness; and

                     Whereas, Enhancing mental health training for correctional staff would help reduce the number of suicides in New York correctional facilities; and

                     Whereas, New York should help ensure that inmates in correction facilities are provided the best possible mental health treatment while incarcerated; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass and the Governor to sign such legislation which would amend the New York State Correction Law by enhancing training for staff in residential mental health treatment unit programs inside correctional facilities.

WJH

LS 1749/ Res. 349-2014

12/18/17

LS 276